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Newsletter #2

July 1997

Welcome to the second official Free Flow News Letter!!!

We are the Free Flow Dance Company. Free Flow is located at 50 Noble Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6K 2C9. Our Studio Phone number is (416) 539-0869.

Current company members include: Jackie Latendresse - Choreographer and Artistic Director, Kasia Kord, Rebecca Carney, Trina Spiller and Lucy Rupert - Performing Company

Free Flowing Thanks To All Our New Supporters!

The company members wish to express their appreciation to all of you who have recently chosen to support the newsletter.

Thank you!
Subscribers:
Angie Achtemichuk, Ellen Coutts, Glen and Rita Carney, Carol - Ann Jorgenson, Jack and Dorothy Latendresse, Sylvianne Le Jeune, Raj
Patron:
William J. Clark $50.00 donation / in memory of Denis Rupert (Lucyís father)
Sponsors of Dancers:
Ellen Coutts - Lucy Rupert - Ottawa Fringe
John and Betty Rupert - Lucy Rupert - Ottawa Fringe
Sponsor of a dance piece:
Raj - The Harridan Plexus - Waterloo Community Arts Centre Show

The Studio Update

Free Flow is still under renovations and is progressing very nicely! We would like to thank Jack Latendresse for helping to build a "giant" loft in the back as well as for helping to fix up the front of the building and the awning. Thanks Jack it looks wonderful!!
Free Flow is still accepting students of all ages into itís classes and will put out a fall registration brochure soon. Classes include Stretch and Strength, Ballet, Modern, Creative Combo, beginner Ballet, Tap and Medieval dance class. Private Lessons are available.

For Rent! Studio space is for rent at a rate you can afford! Free Flow rents space to small groups and solo choreographers for rehearsals. Fee is $10.00 first hour and $5.00 each additional hour. Rental is available for classes at $10.00 per hour.

For class or rental information call Jackie at 539-0869.

Whatís on the Go for Free Flow?

Free Flow has a lot of exciting things planned for the nest few months. Keep your ears open for the Free Flow wine and cheese cabaret party. The tentative date is Saturday August 2nd.

The company is currently working on two new pieces for the repertoire. Works in progress are Barren a work inspired by the movie The Scarlet Letter and the novel The Mists of Avalon and Two Types of Prostitution a work that is sure to be controversial. Lets just leave it at that.

Jackie Latendresse has applied for the international choreography festival in France for 1998. After a month of pulling her hair out by the roots the application has finally been sent out so wish us luck! It is a very high competition event with only fifteen companies being chosen throughout the world.

Latendresse has also recently been given a choreography audition at the Ballet Jorgan in Toronto via video tape. She is currently awaiting their feedback.

Free Flow will be holding auditions for three new dancers in the fall of this year. Auditions will be held on Sunday September 14th 1997. The time is yet to be confirmed. Resume and picture are suggested. There will be a group audition as well as a private interview. If you have prepared material it will be viewed. Please keep it under 10 minutes. Call the studio for more inf. at 539-0869.

Company Member NEWS

Trina Spiller will be attending the Toronto Dance Theatre Summer Intensive Dance program this summer. She will return to University this fall to complete her 4th year degree in Sciences at U of T.
Lucy Rupert will be attending the Desrosier Summer Dance Intensive. She has recently had some of her work published in a Toronto magazine.
Kasia Kord has been accepted to the Massage Therapy College three year program in Toronto (WE are all very excited about this! Our own resident masseuse!)
Rebecca Carney is currently involved in a multimedia theatre work by Corrie Hodgson called Assembly which will be presented publicly in Toronto. Date is still to be announced.

We are still accepting GREAT QUOTES that you may have about the company or itís works. We are also looking for a new title for our NEWSLETTER! If you have any ideas please write to us or email at lou@wordly.com
We would like to include a new section in the next newsletter called What You Think!
We are looking for your comments and suggestions regarding anything we are doing or about any of our members. Please feel free to send them to us and we will print them!

Recent Events

April 5th Jackie received the Leading Edge Performing Artist Award at the Kitchener / Waterloo Arts Awards Ceremony.

April 11 and 12 Free Flow presented Lotus at the Debbie Wilson Studios Inside Dance Series.

May 24th Free Flow held itís first fund-raiser coffee house cabaret night which was a great success. Thanks to all the performers and to all of you who came out to support us.

May 29th Kasia Kord convocated at the University of Waterloo where she earned a degree in Religious Studies. Congratulations Kasia!

June 1st Free Flow performed at "In the Raw" for itís final summer showing. Sarah Gagnon a former dancer and co choreographer with Latendresse now runs this monthly showcase in Toronto.

June 7th Free Flow presented dance works at the Now and Then Festival in Parkdale Toronto.

June 19th to 29th Free Flow was a part of the first ever Ottawa Fringe Festival. See the special article on what happened there!

Upcoming Events

Saturday July 5th Free Flow offers a 4 hour workshop in Medieval dance. The course starts at 10 am and runs to 2:30 with a half hour for lunch. Everyone is welcome to attend. The fee is $35 per person or $60 per couple. Limited space is available.

Saturday July 12th Free Flow will Present Fey and Fish Tales at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre on Regina St. in Waterloo. The performance will begin at 8:00 pm and the cost is $8.00 adult / $7.00 students and seniors. Donít miss this exciting collection of original works by Jackie Latendresse. Works include: The Harridan Plexus, Lotus, Laughing, Mythological Requiem, and more!!!!!! Tell your family and friends we depend on you for ticket sales!

July 25th and 26th Free Flow will perform two twenty minute sets at the Kitchener Arts Festival. Stage Location is at the Kitchener City Hall.

August 2nd is the tentative date for the Wine and Cheese Cabaret Fund-raiser for the Studio. Come on by and have some fun. Let me know if you would like to perform!

September 6th Jackie will be taking the company to her hometown Kincardine for her very first show there. Show time is 8:30 pm and tickets are $9.00 advance $10.00 at the door. The performance will take place at the Kincardine Town Hall.

September 14th Free Flow Auditions are being held. Call for inf.

The Way We Run

Free Flow is a self supported organisation. Jackie runs almost all of the business aspects as well as choreographs and produces the shows. the dancers donate their time for rehearsals which may run up to 12 hours a week or more during a busy season.

We rely on you our audience members and students to keep our company going. We try to continuously offer a number of exciting events and performances for you to attend. Free Flow could use anytime or funding you can offer. We are always looking for volunteers, new students and patrons. Please tell a friend about us and pass on our newsletter as we also rely on word of mouth to help expand our classes and audience range.

Would YOU Like to Receive a Regular Newsletter?

You will receive a newsletter approximately every three months for the low price of $10.00 per year. The publication year runs from April 1997 to March 1998. The fee is to help us cover the costs of printing and mailing. You will be kept up to date on the company members and itís upcoming events. This is a great way to support the arts and itís independent artists in this time of cut backs to the arts!

Please make check payable to Jackie Latendresse.
Thank You for supporting Free Flow!

Would YOU Like to Make a Monetary Donation or Donate Articles We May Need?

Cash donations are needed to help us afford to buy new costumes as the old ones wear out rather quickly. We also use the donated money to get us from venue to venue as the travelling costs are often one of the biggest expenses we have. Administration and advertising costs are other considerations. Your donation will be recognised in the newsletter and in any adjacent program. You can sponsor a Dancer / Choreographer (as many times as you wish) for $20.00 (please select the dancer)
You can sponsor a dance piece for $50.00 (call for inf. about shows in your area)
You can sponsor a performance for $100.00 (call for information)

Checks payable to Jackie Latendresse please.

Free Flow would like to thank Leanne Snyder for the reasonable discount she gave us on her photo shoot for the poster. We would also like to thank Robbie for donating his graphic design skills and time for the Fey and Fish Tales Poster. Good job both of you!

We would also like to thank Michel La Flamme for donating his time taking head shots and pamphlet shots for the Company!

Needful Things

Material for costumes or used costumes, Computer paper or ink cartridges, Dance wear, body suits, tights, unitards, etc., Dance Floor or Black Theatre Floor, Compact Disk Player (ours is pretty rough and skips badly), CDs, Cassette tapes, V.H.S. tapes, Full length mirrors, Lighting and sound equipment, Picture Frames for 8x10 photos of the company to put up in the studio, and anything else you think we might need!

For inf. regarding the newsletter, classes, donations or volunteering please call Jackie at (416) 539-0869
Mailing address:
Free Flow Dance Company
50 Noble St.
Toronto Ontario
M6K 2C9
email at freeflowdance@hotmail.com
Fax is available but please call first!

Thanks to Jack and Dorothy for the 2 mirrors and the stuff for the yard sale!
Thanks to Gramma Rose and Michel Laflamme for putting us up in Ottawa

Lucyís Ottawa Fringe Festival Journal

Day One: Getting there
We left Toronto around noon and promptly upon arrival in Ottawa the van broke down. Rebecca insisted on taping footage of our first misadventure, while Jackie went to get help. Finally, after an hour of immobility on a residential street someone stopped to help us. A tow truck and Jackieís grandmother, Rose, arrived with resounding choruses of alternator problems. We squished into Roseís car, destined for her trailer in Bellís Corners, just outside the city. Rose fed us salads and bread and cheese. With satiated stomachs, we collapsed into our beds, too tired to start worrying about the van, sitting alone at a nearby garage.

Day Two: Technical problems
The van was fixed by 11:00am! Tech rehearsal began at 1:00pm. Our stage manager, Jen, was an absolute sweetheart. The lights took a long time to set. In our three hour time slot for tech we just barely had enough time to set the cues and run the show once. (The show is approximately one hour long with all our quick changes. Everyone is in every piece this year so no one has a break.) After a couple of hours to meet the directors of the festival and dine in the market, we donned the infamous underwear of Harridan Plexus and joined other fringe participants for a parade announcing the opening of the festival. Bravo cameramen were there, taking many shots of us and an ensuing party, interviewed each of us. Old friends from Manotick were lurking about, talking of whales and singing Andrew Lloyd Weber in German. (You know who you are.) Luck was not entirely with us. The van was making strange, unsafe sounds. We took a $30.00 cab ride home to save our skins.

Day Three: Rain, rain, go away
Jackie wasnít feeling well today. She went to a walk-in clinic and got antibiotics. The van couldnít get fixed until Monday. The four of us dancers went downtown to poster and flyer local businesses. We had a picnic on Parliament Hill, drank Strawberry Coladas and got soaked in the rain. Jackie met us later, so we all went to see our friend Kevin in Whale Nation.

Day Four: First show
Bill and Kathleen Clark, who sponsored us in memory of my father, came to the show. We had about twenty people, which was almost as big as our biggest show in Manotick last year. We felt pretty confident that this was going to be a good time.

Day Five: The sun
A lady from the Ottawa Sun was at our show today. We crossed our fingers for good press. The van was fixed by noon.

Day Six: Half-naked
The Ottawa Sun review was primarily positive. She commented on a lack of Ďtechnical prowessí but a wealth of expression. Technique worries me and any shortcomings therein lead me to feel exposed, naked. I guess like the emotions the reporter saw. After our show we went down to the market in our underwear and performed exerpts with other fringe acts while tourists snapped photos. I envisioned myself in all my 1950ís girdle glory, on a slide projector at someoneís family barbecue. "This is how they dress in Ottawa?"

Day Seven: Radio waves alive
After our show today, I went with Jackie to CHUO, the university radio station where we taped an interview to air on Friday. Our friend from Australia came today to tape the show. He enjoyed it yesterday so much that he wanted a reason to come again.

Day Eight: More and more
Bigger audience tonight. I felt nervous performing tonight but very emotional. I think we all did. I cried on stage during Requiem. A friend of mine from music studies in Waterloo showed up to see us dance. The word is getting out to other fringe performers. Somehow, we are becoming the show to see.

Day Nine: The best
The most amazing show. Bang-on technique, dynamic emotion. We were all radiant. My fatherís brother brought his wife, son and daughter-in-law to the show. I made a special dedication in my head to them. The air was electric tonight. Our friends from I Spy Theatre and A Company of Fools were almost overwhelming in their enthusiasm for our work. It is a real gift that we have met them.

Day Ten: The last
The final show. We were profusely emotional on stage. It felt like completely new choreography and sentiments manifesting under the lights. In Lotus I felt like water in a velvet tube. What a sensation. A few audience members cried. (I wonít mention names. You know who you are here, too.) Afterwards we drank martinis. Some of us tore up Parliament Hill, some of us watched Parliament Hill being torn up, some of us went to town in the Ďcompany of foolsí, some of us fell asleep on the couch.

Day Eleven: Time to see other peopleís shows
The subtitle above says it all. Jackie and I sobbed through Whale Nation again, feeling like twits. We repaid our new and talented friends Tim and Scott and Alex and Nick, by seeing their shows and feeling awed at the talent by which we were surrounded. And yet again, we got very little sleep.

Day Twelve: Going home
All I can say is that we got home safely, with the help of some very kind passers-by, some very generous tow truckers. (Although a priest and an exorcism for, yes you guessed it, the van probably would have done the trick as well.) Happy to sleep in my bed again. Resting up for next summer when we will do all the Fringe Festivals in the Milky Way...


ATTENTION DANCE LOVERS!!!

Free Flow Dance Company

PRESENTS

Fey and Fish Tales

Saturday July 12th

25 Regina St . Waterloo
Waterloo Community Arts Centre
(the Button Factory)

8:00 pm
Cost: $8.00 adult $7.00 student or senior

Donít miss this event in the K/W area!
For information on booking a performance in your area please contact the Studio! (416) 539-0869

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